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council resolution 1973. u.s. and british forces launched 12 tomahawk land attack missiles, targeting command-and-control facilities service to skirt -- a scud facility and a re-attack of the previous air site. forces from france, spain, italy, denmark, and united kingdom, with missions to sustain a no-fly zone in benghazi, to protect civilians from attack, and conduct further reconnaissance. coalition naval vessels sustained maritime controls toward u.n. security council resolution, to prevent the illegal shipments of arms to and from libya. iss our actions are generally achieving the intended objections. we have not observed a libyan military aircraft operating since the beginning of operations. the naval vessels have returned to or remain in port. cents initial strikes, no regime long range air defense radars. air attacks have succeeded in stopping regime ground forces from advancing to benghazi and we are now seeing ground forces moving southward from benghazi. we will, of course, watch these ground force movements closely. through a variety of reports, we know regime ground force
felt earthquakes in the u.s. work i 18 -- were in 1811 and 1812, and we believe it was about a magnitude 7. again, we look at the potential for exceeding that. we all sort of for the likelihood that that event occurs. that also accounts for background seismicity, which is common in the east, which is seismicity which cannot be attributed to a specific fault. it is important to note that seismicity and the central and eastern u.s. tends to be in what we call seismic zones. which are not directly attributable to faults. and we account for all of the hazard in the seismic zones. one of the questions which has come up repeatedly is how many plants are near faults or how many plants are in moderate or high seismicity regions. and that is a very challenging question to answer, because these seismic zones are not well-defined boundaries. the faults that were the positive faults of the 1811 and 1812 earthquakes have never been identified. in part, because they are under the deep sediments of mississippi. so we have to account for the uncertainty in the locations. we have to account f
washington times" which featured the study that his group did this morning. survey says u.s. financial house in state of disoer. we have been talking about this since 1986. gramm-rudman hollings -- that is what really took out and became a big issue. the balanced budget amendment to the constitution. what do you think whitman guest: look, i am not against a balanced budget amendment but the problem is there will be so many loopholes that i am not sure it will be effective. in my view, we ought to be thinking about having a limit on how much debt as a percentage of the economy the u.s. can take on. a constitutional limit. in addition, we need statutory budget controls like i have been talking about that would hopefully keep us from ever approaching that constitutional limit. we can think about a line item veto. we can think about making sure that federal spending is actually for somhing that has a national purpose. you would be shocked, federal money are spent for things that don't have a darn thing to do with something of national significance. host: this tweet from james -- guest: first, th
for the u.s., the intel community, works very hard to provide the administration, whatever administration is, with the best information possible and available at that moment. whoever has the best information likely is going to make the best decisions in the best interest of the u.s., which is not to engage in war overseas. there is a tendency to think that is what we're doing, that are warmongers. the real world is, unfortunately, more difficult. i would argue that thegency, you know, is a tool used by any administration to enhance transparency, to minimize the risk that people face overseas, that the government faces overseas. then again people will be watching this. ey will think hey that mike baker is pretty subjective. hostmimike baker a >> president obama is speaking about libya later today from national defense university. ahead of the speech, the associated press wrote that the white house made it clear that it was not a precedent for involvement in other nations that hold strategic interests for the u.s.. we will have the president's speech live at 7:30 eastern and we will take your
at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. while this committee does not have oversight on the safety of u.s. nuclear plants, we do have to consider how events such as those at fukushima affected the ability of our nation's nuclear freedom, 104 reactors, to supply electricity. of course, these 104 reactors currently account for about 20% of the electricity that we use and what the future of nuclear energy will be as part of our nation's energy banks. events at fukushima are changing by the our. they are serious, and we are watching those events unfold on the other side of the world. our knowledge at best is incomplete. as we look forward to these experts and forming a committee on what they see at the plant, how would impact our nation must existing fleet of reactors, and answer questions the committee members might have. before i introduce our two -- our first panel, we have four witnesses, two on this first panel and two on the second trip before i introduced the panel, let me call on senator murkowski for comment. >> let me welcome those who are presenting today. i appreciate the time is
the equivalent of the pentagon. in the war against iraq, the u.s. war was committed from a headquarters in florida. they have a communications established with the commanders in the region in on the ground. host: what does it mean for the united states? guest: the and that is this is trying to hand off responsibility for the mission as quickly as possible. they wanted to do the things that only the united states could do, provide rapid command- and-control structure to get the operation going rapidly and effectively. and then to use the u.s. military firepower to destroy and dismantle gaddafi's command- and-control systems and particularly his surface to air missile capability. that is very important because no one -- everyone wants to minimize the danger to pilots enforcing the no-fly zone, and taking out those missile sites becomes very important to enable that. but that is the initial phase. that is starting to wind down if you look at the number of targets, the number of sites already it, i think this operation has been designed so that the u.s. could do the thing that the unit -- t
. 2011] >> the u.s. house meets today at 2:00 eastern for general speeches. legislative work starts at 4:00. members will consider bills designating dentists and vetenarian as emergency responders and disasters. tomorrow the congress will hear from the australian prime minister in a joint meeting. we'll have a live coverage of that at 11:00 eastern. on wednesday members begin kuwait on eliminating mortgage relief. transportation secretary ray lahood is on capitol hill this afternoon. he's testifying before the senate transportation committee. about his department's 2012 budget request. c-span3 will have live coverage beginning at 2:30 eastern. >> the new way to get a concise review of the day's events it's "washington today" on c-span radio. every week day we'll take you to capitol hill, the white house, and anywhere news is happening. we'll also talk with the experts, the politician mrs., and -- politicians, and the journalists. the stories that matter to you the most every week day on c-span radio. can you listen in the washington-baltimore area at 90.1 f.m. and nationwide on xm slight
for live coverage of the u.s. house. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. march 14, 2011. i hereby appoint the honorable john campbell to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2011, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour, and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each. but in no event shall debate continue beyond 1:50 p.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from south carolina, mr. duncan, for one minute. mr. duncan: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak on behalf of
force against yet another middle eastern country, this time it is oil rich libya. u.s. naval and air forces attacked libyan military installations across that country, wiping out air defenses, intelligence systems, tanks, and also apparently is now targeting that nation's ground forces. under what policy is the executive branch operating without a vote of congress and expending millions of defense dollars and state dollars on offensive action taken inside a nation that did nothing provocative toward the united states and in fact last year was even a recipient of u.s. foreign aid? the president's justification for this action was that it was not an act of war but rather humanitarian mission to prevent a catastrophe that would have result interested libya's military forces under the command of libyan president gaddafi from taking the civilian center. our president says he did not act alone. as french, british, canadian, and other western nato members participated in these attacks. the president informed congress that future operations will be handled by nato. who exactly decided all of
is ben affleck. i'm founder of the eastern congo initiative. it is the only u.s.-based grant-making and advocacy program entirely focused on working with and for the people of the eastern congo an area that carries the unwanted area of being the deadliest and most volatile region of the country and one of the deadliest in the world. . it has led to over 1,000 rapes being committed every month. international rescue committee estimates 5.4 million people have lost their lives in the conflict since 1998 with many under the age of five. not all were killed in combat but from the ravages, malaria and pneumonia, malnutrition and diarrhea. the efforts help protect the most vulnerable among the population, child soldiers, survivors of sexual violence. e.c.i. works with community-based groups focused on education, economic activity, legal reform. i thank you for your attention to congo and holding this important hearing. i request to submit a complete written statement for the record. today's hearing occurs on the 100 anniversary of an important day and it is important to call attenti
of every 10 tons of coal mined in the year -- in every year in the u.s. is used for domestic electricity. so when they tell you we can't use coal any more because of environmental concerns, well, what are we going to do, because nine out of every 10 tons of coal that's used for electric generation. each person in this country and everybody that's paying attention uses 3.7 tons of coal a year. so what are we going to do without it if we don't have it? coal is the most affordable source of power fuel per million b.t.u.'s historically, averaging a quarter of the price of gas and oil. and there are approximately 600 coal generating facilities generating 1.4 generating units in manufacturing utilities across this country, according to the u.s. energy information. coal accounts for 62% of total energy and 32% of total energy consumption. that's all i want to talk about coal about. but it's important that we realize that we are dependent on that source of energy and we need to continue to use it until we come up with an alternative that's going to work and will be with us. and solar and wind an
we see now is an emphasis on recruiting americans were residents in the u.s. to become operative spirit and i think that is challenging the model we use for security. >> secretary ridge, the homeland security department was created eight years ago today. do you think this combination, this hybrid combination, has been an effective tool? a lot of people have complained about the intelligence of the organization and by layering we have created more stovepipes, not fewer. but in the case of homeland security, despite all the complaints, looking back, do you think that this has come together into a coherent agency? >> i think we have to go back and take a snapshot of what government look like right after 9/11. clearly the executive branch and congress were struggling with what is the best way to recalibrate and reconstitute this organization? the challenge around that is there were a lot of discussions as to what was appropriate to put in the agency. since that time, the one component that people still have some difficulty with is the federal emergency management agency and where it
terrorist attacks on the united states all done by people other than afghans. outraged at continuing u.s. military occupation of predominantly muslim countries. that's not to justify what they do, but it is to clarify the condition that we have in afghanistan. for how long are we going to continue to dedicate hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of lives before we realize we can't win afghanistan militarily? at the end of the year, the administration and u.s. military leaders were touting peace talks to end the war with high level taliban leaders. these leaders turned out to be fake. a november, 2010 article in "the new york times" detailed joint u.s. an afghan negotiations with a man the u.s. claim was one of the most senior commanders in the taliban. according to "the new york times" the episode underscores the uncertain and even bizarre nature of the atmosphere in which afghan and american leaders search for ways to bring the war to an end. leaders of the taliban are believed to be hiding in pakistan, possibly with the assistance of the pakistani government, which receives bi
. woolsey: mr. speaker, gerald r. ford, republican of michigan, served as member of the u.s. house of representatives from 1949 to 1973, and also served as house minority leader from 1965 until he was nominated by the president and confirmed by congress to serve as president richard nixon's vice president. representative ford was a highly represent respected member who was well liked by his colleagues. he was the first person actually selected to fill a vacancy in the vice-presidency under provisions of the 25th amendment. upon president nixon's resignation in 1974, mr. ford assumed the presidency and served until january 20, 1977. he is the only person to have served as president without first having won a national election. . title 2 allows each state to have no more than two statues to represent their state in the u.s. capitol. the ford statue, like that of other former u.s. presidents will be displayed in the capitol rotunda following the presentation ceremony on may 3, 2011. h. con. res. 27 follows the customary practice of accepting the statue into the collection and setting
institution. i am always very interested in your opinion on what the perceptions of the u.s. in egypt currently are, and whether there should be debate on how the u.s. might help in these very delicate, politically transitional phases, especially to the point you're making about the choice of political systems. thank you. >> in the back. yes, please. over here? any? microphone here. >> thank you for joining us. the youth movements in egypt have been largely described as the power of the use. is there something about this that challenges cultural norms of respect for the elderly and the community? also, have these events inspired scholarship on the region in the arab world? >> i will go backwards on this. those are interesting questions. first of all, on scholarships, i think most of the scholars were not prepared for this either. i think everyone is trying to get their other books finished before the start to think about this, and a lot of the other books for about the persistence of authoritarianism, so in my best to forget about that all together. [laughter] >> it is interesting. no
that more people had died in the villa, at what point does the u.s. say that now we are going to do something? how many people have to die? how many threats to their need to be to our energy needs? >> jake, i would simply say -- and remind you -- when you say that this has been a couple of weeks already, that is a remarkably short period of time from the time when colonel gaddafi was perceived to be, and was, in control of his country to the point where the international community is imposing substantial and punishing sanctions on him and his regime. the international community, speaking with one voice, calling for him to step down and cease the violence against his own people. we are talking about a matter of days and weeks that this has transpired within. i am aware of the ongoing violence. as the president just did with australia, we are again calling on the libyan regime to stoppin the in humane, brutal, unacceptable assaults on its own people. and for colonel gaddafi to step aside, as he has lost legitimacy in the eyes of his people and the world. >> i was not -- i was talking
and artillery and at the same time u.s. officials cautioned the united states and allies intend to limit their involvement, allowing for no troops on the ground. the libyan story, japan story, and the budget situation at home. the continuing resolution that punts the decisions on the budget until the beginning of april. they left town this friday morning. we would like to hear which of these stories are most important to you this friday morning. let's begin with a call from san antonio, texas. robert on the independent line. caller: am i on? good morning. i wanted to say that the most significant story i believe is what is happening in the middle east with all of these uprisings and the people wanting democracy. i find it very significant, even though all of these things are happening across the world like japan, i find this very significant because even though america has not intervened with these countries to try to make than democracies, they themselves have tried to make themselves free of dictators and other powers that they did not have control of. host: robert, what do you think o
alert. this weekend on c-span3, live from the u.s. capitol, the 150th anniversary of abraham lincoln's first inaugural address, and we will go to s street to visit the home of woodrow and edith wilson, and an author will talk about dwight eisenhower and the buildup of the nuclear arsenal. it the complete schedule online at c-spanlorg/history. >> erection now to it yesterday's ruling on protests at a military funerals. this is about 20 minutes. -- t of the supreme court. we have been talking about the case in this morning with our callers. one of the things that stuck out is that there was room in the supreme court decision -- or language in the supreme court decision that seemed to indicate that states could further regulate your activity. do you agree with that interpretation, and if so, do you have plans to prevent that are combat that? >> well, i think there is language that hypothetically that -- they can. there is also language that indicates it has to be very narrow, not content-based and not impacting speech on public issues and they can no longer avail themselves of the argum
gary locke to be the next u.s. ambassador to china. we'll hear that announcement at 10:50 eastern on c-span two. staying live on capitol hill with the head of customs and border protection agentcy. -- agentcy. the house appropriations subcommittee is looking at increased spending for passenger and cargo screening at foreign airports. also at the budget attempts to save $100 million by reducing overtime pay for border agents. we take you live to that hearing now on c-span. >> securing goods so that when they arrive at the physical ports of entry we have done everything we need to do, identify as best we can, dangerous cargo. in fact, the yemen cargo plot with regard to packages and freight led to the same kind of changes that we saw a year earlier with regard to the processing of passengers as a result of the new tala attempt to blow up the northwest airliner over detroit. let me indicate what we have done and provide a very direct response to your question about how will this be funded. two major partnerships characterize our response, remember what, as you indicated, what happened in
the organization internationally where they channeled money to hamas. is amazing to watch everything from the u.s. across the u.s. in the middle east where these organizations are capable of putting their money in the same coffer and they have and to know exactly how to get their money to hamas to fund these organizations. that is something that is come out of the trials we can see organizations set up deliberately with the help of organizations internationally in egypt and elsewhere to raise money for hamas. so i kind of come out in between the two. i don't think you can argue that based on what we know that it is a hierarchical organization. i don't think that is the way it works but by the same token you can't say it is a movement that is loosely affiliated. it is something in between which is basically how a lot of organizations are modeled. >> i think it is interesting that this conversation is propelling itself and we don't need to ask too many questions to prompt a good lively conversation here. i want to ask one other question though. i think i sense a little bit of difference between you
at no expense to the u.s. taxpayer. this bill, which passed the house by voice vote last congress, commemorates the creation of a unique form of service that creates peace through people-to-people diplomacy. it doesn't cost the taxpayers a single pennyism urge my congressional colleagues to honor america's commitment to peace by having swift passage of this timely legislation. today as we mark this significant milestone in america's history, i urge each of you to join me in honoring your constituents who have served in and are supporting the peace corps funding so that we can usher in the next generation of americans who want to serve this country. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. murphy. mr. murphy: mr. speaker, currently u.s. families spend about $1 billion per day on imported oil. we import about 1.6 billion barrels from politically unstable nations with corresponding instability in prices. which influence our dollars, our economy, and sometimes our soldiers having to look at defending these areas. now,
broke the story about the army using cyops propaganda on u.s. senators, was also there and he made this observation, he said, general petraeus is giving us the charlie sheen counterinsurgency strategy to give exclusive interviews to every major network and keep saying we are winning and hope the public agrees with you. madam speaker, it was a compelling briefing. i hope all of us in the 112th congress will listen to people like professor pate, mr. ho, and mr. hastings, but most of all i hope we'll listen to the american people who are angry, disillusioned, and pleading with us to bring our troops home. they want us to do that so there will be no more staff sar get mark wells' deaths like the young man from congressman poe's district. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona, mr. quayle, for five minutes. mr. quayle: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to honor a man who was would delight and epitomized america's dream. never asked for anything in return. we here in washington talk a lot about the american dream. unfort
, commander, u.s. forces afghanistan, stated, quote, i can understand the frustration. we have been at this for 10 years. we have spent an enormous amount of energy and money. we have sustained very tough losses and difficult, life-changing wounds. but i think it is important to remember why we are there, end quote. this is about our vital national security interests, mr. speaker. it is about doing what is necessary to ensure that al qaeda and other extremists cannot re-establish safe havens such as the ones they had in afghanistan when the 9/11 attacks were planned against our nation and our people. the enemy indeed is on the run. it is demoralized and divided. let us not give up now. let us not betray the sacrifices of our men and women serving in harm's way and they ask for nothing in return except our full support. dedicated servants such as my stepton and daughter-in-law lindsay, who served in iraq, and lindsay also served in afghanistan, dedicated servants such as matt and greg of our foreign affairs committee the majority staff who just returned from serving a year and we tha
of 2011. last month's "u.s.a."/gallup poll, 72% of americans favor congressional action this year to bring our troops home from afghanistan. this week, the rasmussen report finds that 52% of voters want our troops home from afghanistan this year. and to quote this poll, a majority of voters for the first time support an immediate withdrawal of all u.s. troops from afghanistan or the creation of a timetable to bring them all home within a year. 14 months ago i asked a retired military general to advise me on afghanistan. i have asked him for his thoughts, and i will read some of them to you. back in november i emailed this general and i said, what do you think about the possibilities of being in afghanistan for four more years? and, mr. speaker, i am going to read his quote. i do not believe that 40 more years would guarantee victory, whatever that is. the war is costing money and lives all in short supply. mr. speaker, there's a retired lieutenant colonel in jacksonville, north carolina, which is in my district. he served in the united states marine corps for 31 years. his name is dennis a
-span. a discussion now on the future of oil drilling off the shores of the u.s. the government reorganize the agency that oversees offshore drilling last year after the deepwater horizon oil spill. the head of that agency, michael bromwich, addressed a conference at rice university in houston for about 50 minutes. >> we're delighted to put this program together with our partner. it is a great honor not to introduce our midday keynote speaker, director michael bromwich from the bureau of ocean energy management, regulation, and enforcement. the director is overseeing the restructuring of the bureau, which you all know is responsible for oil and gas development on the conned into a shelf. he has a very distinguished past -- on the continental shelf. he is one of our country's foremost experts on internal investigation, compliance, and monitoring. having been an independent monitor for the washington, d.c., metropolitan police, and moving on to many different positions. associate counsel in the office for independent counsel for iran contra. as well as an assistant u.s. attorney in new york. he is a di
of the u.s. treasury just to do the automatic appropriations to grant that kind of authority to a bureaucrat, to circumvent congress and set up that authority, which is equivalent of an appropriations authority that goes on forever to the secretary of health and human services. while there is automatic appropriations to the tune of $105.5 billion for a decade that goes on forever, so binding the future congresses in a way that requires affirmative action on this congress' part to shut it off. mr. speaker, where i am is this, i'm down dancing around with all of this. i have looked at it, i have analyzed it and i have joined with some of my colleagues and i thank my colleague, michelle baum man and doing this -- bachmann and doing this. we were working on this and passing h.r. 1. i'll continue to do so. we must shut off this funding. we must do it affirmatively and do it where we have leverage. there are only two places, and that is in the continuing resolution in one place and the other is the debt ceiling. and what i have said is i will vote for no appropriations bill that fu
that they comply with the u.s. -- with the security council mandate. >> so are you just watching them as proof -- are you watching them? >> we are conducting a wide range of operations across libya. i will not talk about the specifics. certainly the 32nd brigade is always considered in the calculation on how we expand the no-fly zone and how we conduct operations in the future. >> can you give us your assessment as of now of the libyan air forces? how many fixed wing and helicopters have you destroyed and will you try to destroy as much capability as possible before you get to the point where you can get the no-fly zone where you want it? >> well, when we began this, my estimation is that his air force is not generally in good repair compared to what you would consider most world standards for air forces. he had a lot of equipment that was old, much of it was sitting parked in the runways and it could not be used. he was effectively employing a tactical air force, a helicopter air force i would say on the order of several dozen rather than large numbers. when we began the coalition strikes, on
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at u.s. the. it is the fact what we proposed was broadening the base, simple phiing the code, eliminating or greatly reducing these tax expenditures. bring down rates, and using some money to truce deficit. we went to what's called a zero-based plan. and if you eliminate all these $1.1 trillion worth of tax expend chures. i call them ear marks. you-all have been so bold to get rid of the -- but we have $1.is trillion we're spending in the tax code. it's just spending by another name. but if you eliminated those, you could actually take rates from 8% and 14% up to 210,000 so . you can go to a territorial system that will bring those trillions of dollars back to the country that are captured overseas and bring them back over here. lastly, we do have to cut spending. and we have to cut spending wherever we find it. we can't just deal with domestic discretionary spending. you know, the democrats, as near as i can tell from reading a paper, are talking about the cut. and the republicans are talking about billions in cuts. i can account my budget 1.6% tonight. by tomorrow morning.
. there will be lots of different panel discussions across u.s. history. sunday night at 8:00 p.m., our guest is the president and ceo of the partnership for new york city. she is also a member of the federal reserve bank of new york. she will discuss the role of the federal reserve bank and other topics. thank you very much for being with us on an interesting friday morning. we will be back tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] >> the turn of events in libya today, the country has declared a cease-fire in their attacks on anti-government rebels, possibly in response to the action by the u.n. last night. the security council declared a no-fly zone of the country, voting authorize all necessary measures to protect the libyan people, including air strikes. the associated press reported about one hour ago that libya's foreign minister announced a ceasefire and stoppage of all military operations, saying it will take the country back to safety and ensure security for all libyans. he also criti
for transition to iraqi-led security which in turn enabled the successful drawdown of u.s. forces from iraq. he was a powerful influence for democratic change in iraq, steadily improving the security and political environment in the country so that in 2005 iraq was able to conduct open and transparent national elections. . in april of 2007, general casey became chief of staff of the united states army. since assuming this position, general casey's leadership and commitment have contributed immeasurably to ensuring america's army remains the pre-eminent military force in the world. as the army's chief of staff, general casey has provided the strategic leadership and vision to complete the most comprehensive transformation of the army since world war ii. building modular units and improving the capabilities of the soldiers to conduct full spectrum operations. general casey has proven himself a tremendous wartime leader, demonstrating unselfish devotion to our nation and to the soldiers he leads. responsible for the organization, training, readiness, mobilization, and employment of army forces, he
that has hit japan. of course, hawaii is the first u.s. state to be hit with the -- with the tidal wave that follows -- followed that disaster, and it's still playing out. we still haven't done the all-clear sign in hawaii, by the way. the kinds of cuts that we're contemplating in h.r. 12, fema will have a major impact. i also want to say before i go further that our hearts go out to the people of japan and we stand ready to assist them in any way. i think that it so important during a time like this that we have the resources to employ the best technology, cutting edge equipment, well-trained personnel to respond when these emergencies occur. and when this tragedy occurred in japan, in fact, the dedicated federal employees at the national weather service at the warning center were there to provide warning to the people of our islands. it allowed the coast guard, hawaii civil defense and other state and county officials to put into motion the state's emergency warning response plan. and this whole thing began to unfold in hawaii in the very early morning hours. i'm just grateful that al
. in the u.s., they're not concerned so they lobby in a different direction. >> thank you. i will ask one more question. this is my second round. if you fast forward to today and look at the other end of the buchan, march 4, 2011, problems we have now, the chair has described moral hazard and the like. we talked about that. what did you do? i can anticipate your answers as i think you've given them, just to make it very clear on the record, what would you recommend march 4, 2011? >> briefly, first, i want to emphasize the things we have said. one, you need more capital. and that you need increasing capital has to be with the size of the bank's, the risk of too big to fail. it has to be that this distortion has to be eliminated. secondly, if you have a problem, you should play by the ordinary rules of capitalism. when you go into bankruptcy, you convert that to equity. it is really a version of the standard rules of capitalism. you look at the numbers back in citibank, they had enough long- term capital it was more than enough to manage them, more than we put in. the answer -- the resoluti
assault, assistance from the u.s. and other air forces. i am against it. i think, again, if the french and other allies feel they have a strategic interest in taking this battle on behalf of opposition all the way to tripoli, then let them land of the foreign legion in tripoli and let them take on this fight. this is what the french government wants. they have a greater stake in the outcome than we do come and they do not think the united states has a core strategic interests getting involved any more than the military has done so, despite the clamoring of the opposition. this is something that is really of no great consequence to the united states, and that our allies want to take on the responsibility for this fight, we should let them do so. host: let's conclude with this question. what do you think will happen in libya, and if or when he leaves, who is his successor? guest: unless he continues to get hammered by other air forces, other than ourselves, he will continue to hold on. there is some hope on the part of the secretary of defense gates that there would be divisions within h
to the u.s. government $125 billion in the last two years of profits. of course i want to emphasize that was not the purpose of the interventions. >> we'll not do it again. >> we are not doing it again. but we have i think managed at least well enough that the taxpayer can feel that they have gotten at least in this respect they have gotten their money back. >> thank you. ranking member. mr. paul. chairman of the monetary policy subcommittee. >> thank you, mr. chairman. let me just say a word about the deficit. the spending and deficit was a concern of mine in the early 1970's because i foresaw that after the breakdown of the branton woods we would have endless spending, deficits, financial bubbles and we have had that. as to whether or not we have military cane seism -- keynesianism, we do. i reject that as well as domestic moln -- domestic monetary canes yism. -- keynesianism. congress is at fault. they spend too much money. congress at times will say the fed's at fault. the congress and the fed are symbiotic, they have a symbiotic relationship because the congress spends and they
the federal government be doing? should it be doing all these entitlements? well, if you go to the u.s. constitution you'd find out, well, no. in fact, a lot of these things are unconstitutional. the constitution says the only things that the federal government can do are the things that are specifically enumerated. well, what is one of them? well, you don't have to read past the first page. it's in the first paragraph. it's in the preamble. we are supposed to as a federal government provide for the common defense. we're supposed to be protecting -- first of all, the job of the federal government is to protect our country. any other rights you have mean nothing if you're being bombed and people are attacking your shorelines. and so the main job of the federal government is to provide for the national defense. a lot of these other things, they might be nice. they're probably, even though they've been around for generations, not constitutional because they are not specifically enumerated powers of the federal government. and what we're seeing happening, what was a safety net has become a
. so what we're left is a corridor for airspace that is sort of like having u.s. one going into new york city 20 or 30 years ago and not expanding or revising the capacity. so that's why we have this situation. that's why i strongly urge not the adoption of this, willing to work with the gentleman, and try to, again, make certain that the -- we do have quality aircraft. when we started this debate, and i don't want him or his constituents to suffer, anyone in the new york airspace, that this has to come to a conclusion. again, it effects everyone in the house of representatives because all 70 -- more than 70% of the chronically delayed flights start in this area and we have not been able to resolve this question. reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from florida reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. garrett: can you tell us how much time remains? the chair: the gentleman from new jersey has four minutes. mr. garrett: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, first. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr
. environmentalists or u.s. senator, i would take my lead from those who had been on the ground. make no mistake, i feel as if we are in a war here at home. in this battle, we look to you as our commander. on that map, those constituents, your troops, they are sending you a message but we're not listening. while the map is not scientific, it does show firsthand experiences in providing us the data that we need. they are reporting to me for help, because they are concerned that the pollution in their towns is what's making them and their children sick. i will continue to work diligently to gather information and report what it is that they are seeing. this map, i believe, begs us all to do so. we must listen and learn from what these people in the affected communities are telling us. we can't just sit back in the safety of our off offices and our own homes and hear these stories and think that isn't possible. the reports say it can't happen. i'm here to tell you today, they do happen and they are happening. in april, 2010, the president's council declared that the number of cancers caused by toxic c
granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on march 30, 2011, at 9:32 a.m., that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 1079. with best wishes i am. signed sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 1079, an act to amend the internal revenue code of 1986, to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the airport and airway trust fund, to amend title 49, united states code, to extend the airport improvement program, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on the motion to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. any recorded vote on the postponed question will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the
or failure of the program. we should remain mindful that the overall contribution of the rest to the u.s. economy was relatively modest, when considered with the hundred dollar -- million -- multimillion hundred dollar bailout of fannie mae and freddie mac. the trillion dollar intervention of the federal reserve and fdic, as well as the impeccable experts. it is particularly difficult to label t.a.r.p. or any other government-bonds a program aimed at an unqualified success when the unemployment rate hovers around 9%, the combined unemployment and underemployment rate equals 16%, and millions of american families are struggling to escape foreclosure. it is of cold comfort to these families that the too big to fail financial institutions aided by the t.a.r.p. and other generous below market rate government bonds of programs are reporting a near-record earnings. to this day, t.a.r.p. carries a substantial stigma with the residents of main street should come with little surprise. the professor and i noted in our views in september's oversight report that the payments to t.a.r.p. recipients a
ramifications. u.s. government debt is the dominant issue of our time. the last campaign it was all about the economy but we are seeing a new focus on the debt we calibrated by both parties. u.s. debt will be 100% of gdp by 2020 under the current wave we are going. 200% of gdp by 2013. states -- there was a brief chart -- at the same time we have many states in big trouble right now with debt issues as well. one of the things federal government has done is they have passed mandates to the states. the health care bill. another $1 billion is sent down by the federal government which added pressures on the states along with their pensions and the other items. that has been manifested in some ways but most states are under tremendous budget pressures not just from the economic growth but just by some very structural pressures. comparative debt burdens -- i have one that illustrates us along with greece. if you look at portugal and ireland we are not much different when you look at that. as you look at it by the numbers we are in the same boat and projected to get worse. this is a bipartisan p
say that anybody could come to the united states, all you have to do is sign up at the u.s. council in your u.s. embassy in your home country. and we'll send you, we'll give you a visa to come to the united states. we can say. that we could bring anybody in that wanted to come in. but why do we say no? because there's a limit. we have asked the question here in this congress and in previous congresses, asked and answered the question, first, how many are too many? and what kind of people do we want to encourage to come here and what kind of people do we want to discourage from coming here? these are the questions. we have all kinds of people involved in this debate that don't have the slightest idea how to begin to answer those questions. they just say, oh, my compassion compels me to be for open borders, my heart bleeds for people that aren't as fortunate as americans are so therefore i'm just going to be for turning a blind eye or granting amnesty so that i don't feel guilty that everybody can't live on the american dream like we all do. well, things have changed. things have chan
elsewhere. elsewhere in europe and the u.s.. -- the east germany disparity comes from the fact that east german women, upon leaving high school, seek college in jobs elsewhere. this can be explained in other ways. that is the case for many european countries. i would not jump to it as causing anything quite frankly right now. >> given your work at u.s.a.i.d. and the issues around trafficking and looking at what are those disparities going to mean in some of these other dynamics we can agree are really important and once we would like to avoid. short of women, the importation and trafficking of women in terms of bringing in -- >> but look at where trafficking is occurring today. it is more associated with high- income countries -- japan and brides.rea to importwho import those countries do not have a disparity. what does it mean? i do not know what it means, but i think we have jump to conclusions quite a bit. maybe in the end it will pan out some kind of impact. it is a moral issue, and i think that is why people are attracted to it. we wanted to be a security issue, but i think it may n
odyssey dawn? were opposition forces in libya informed by the u.s., the u.k. or france about the existence of these war games which may have encouraged them to actions leading to greater repression and a humanitarian crisis? in short, was this war against gaddafi's libya planned? or was it a spontaneous response to the great suffering which gaddafi was visiting upon his opposition? congress hasn't even considered this possibility. nato, which has now taken over enforcement of the no-fly zone, has more from an organization which pledged mutual support to defend north atlantic states from aggression, they've moved from that to military operations reaching from libya to the chinese border in afghanistan. north atlantic treaty organization. we need to know and we need to ask what role french air force general and current supreme allied commander of nato for transportation may have played in the development of operation southern storm and in discussions with the u.s. and the expansion of the u.n. mandate into a nato operation. what has been the role of the u.s. african command and central comma
u.s. housing market which is 25% of our economy. so it not only helps an individual, it helps the locality, it helps our country, it helps our economic strength. the result of ending this program would be hundreds of thousands of additional foreclosures and steeper price declines in our housing. it's outrageous. it's short-sighted, it's mean and it's wrong. now, in this program it would allow the borrowers to reduce the principal owed on their homes up to 10% so that their payments are lower, so that they can save money that they can't afford and in return the banks would get an f.h.a.-insured loan that is subject to all of f.h.a.'s strict standards. so to get this loan you're going to have to jump through hops -- hoops to be able to qualify and it is voluntary. just last week several major banks in america voluntarily walked forward to help out. citi bank, wells fargo, bank of america, to name a few. so the program is just getting started and the $50 million line of credit is like a line of credit you draw down on. hopefully we won't even have to tap into it. hopefully our ec
with those the regime seeks business. this weekend's conviction and sentencing of u.s. citizens alan gross to 15 years in prison is a clear reminder of this. this deplorable act is another illustration of the regime's willingness to use human beings as political pawns to advance its destructive agenda. the united states and all responsible nations must demand immediate relief of alan gross and all prisoners who remain wrongfully imprisoned in castro's gulag. i am proud to say that despite the challenges and the passing years, cuban americans remain undeterred in our fight for freedom, justice, and democracy. mr. speaker, i join in the support of these resolutions and again urge that a date be set to honor the courage, the achievements, and the legacy of cuban americans in the glorious united states. thank you very much for the time, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley, for five minutes. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, montana is the home to the second largest coal plant west of the mississippi.
businesses cheap is by keeping their currency artificially low so their imports are cheaper than u.s. goods. that's simply not fair and this practice must end. artificially low chinese currency contributes greatly to the global trade imbalance which puts u.s. businesses and workers at a significant disadvantage. chinese unfair currency manipulation has destroyed millions of good-pailing american jobs and jeopardizes the future of the american middle class. employment and manufacturing shrank from 20 million in 1979 to fewer than 12 million jobs today. in rhode island we experienced the loss of more than 30,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade alone. despite these sobering statistics, the american manufacturing sector is in the midst of a resurgence. if this vital economic engine is to be sustained, congress must continue its investments that help manufacturers complete in the global economy. by doing that we can level the playing field. give them a fighting chance to compete an speed up our economic recovery and create jobs. with so many factories shuttered, small businesses bearry han
purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 314. the nays are 112. the bill is passed. the bill is passed, without objection a the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute for the purpose of asking the majority leader about the schedule for the coming week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield to my friend, the majority leader, mr. cantor. mr. cantor: i thank the democratic whip. the gentleman from maryland, for yielding. mr. speaker, on tuesday, the house will meet at 2:00 p.m. for morning hour and 4:00 p.m. for legislative business. on wednesday, the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for learning business and recess immediately. the house will reconvene at approximately 11:00 a.m. for the purpose of receiving in a joint meeting with the senate the honorable prime minister of australia. on thursday the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for mo
the board decreases of delinquencies in the u.s. moreover, loans over 30 days late are down. the short refinance option, which the republicans are trying to eliminate, we have begun to stabilize the housing market. these numbers could he inside with signs of recovery -- coinside with signs of recovery. mortgages worth more than their homes can refinance through a more affordable mortgage. this program allows lenders to write down at least 10% of the outstanding principal to bring payments down to affordable levels. according to core logic december of last year, more than 10% were underwater. we're no stranger to that in boulder county, colorado. this imposes hardships in our economy. we cannot risk another housing crisis and banking crisis by removing programs that help keep families in their home and keep the homes out of foreclosure. my friends on the other side of the aisle will argue that this program is fallen short of its original goals. i agree that this program is not perfect. instead of scrapping it entirely we should build on success and figure out how best to resolve the hou
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